Children's LiteratureYoung children need resource books that provide an appropriate amount of information and visual aids without being overwhelming. This book about the state that has beaches and mountains, forests, farms and cities is an excellent example. Small in size (about 6" x 7") and length (32 pages) it presents a well-balanced snapshot of one of this country's southeastern states. Each two-page spread has one or two color photographs or detailed maps and bold, large type text. Pages contain no more than four sentences and often fewer. The location of the state as it pertains to the United States is highlighted as well as the specific regions within the state. Employment, recreation, agriculture, natural resources and cities are described. A section at the end of the book called "Words you Know" shows thumbnail pictures with subtitles of the place/proper names. An index is on the concluding page. This book is a near perfect introduction to resource books for young children. Recommended. The author writes fiction and nonfiction for children and also teaches writing and works at her local library. Part of the "Rookie Read-About Geography" series that also includes the titles of California, Kentucky, Latitude and Longitude, and New York. 2003, Children's Press/Scholastic Inc, Ages 5 to 8.
Cindy L. Carolan